Interviewing

What's really behind those weird interview questions?

Meet the interviewer's oddest questions with answers that illustrate your creativity Google+ (2) and problem-solving skills, advises Lisa Quast. Such questions aren't meant to solicit perfect answers, but to give the hiring manager insight into how your mind works

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Overcome your reluctance to talk about yourself

Whether you're interviewing for a position or networking, you have to be Google+ (2) comfortable talking about yourself, writes Katie Douthwaite Wolf. By driving the discussion to topics you're passionate about, practicing common interview anecdotes with friends and family and describing yourself from others' perspectives, you can get over your fear of sounding self-centered, she writes.

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How to respond to the most common interview opener

The most common question used to begin a job interview is some variation of Tell me Google+ (2)about yourself." To make a good impression, answer by providing pertinent, career-related information and leaving out personal and social details. Discuss your education, work background and key accomplishments while keeping your answer brief.

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Supplement a great resume with an even better interview

By being prepared to build on the qualities your resume indicates with real-life stories Google+ (2) that show you putting those traits in action, you can enjoy better success at job interviews. Look for gaps or points of need that a company may have, and address ways you can assist with them during an interview.

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Don't leave home without it: 6 interview must-haves

If you don't have a list of references and multiple copies of your resume, you aren't Google+ (2)prepared for your job interview, writes Laura McMullen. You should take the items in a folder that contains a pen and paper for note-taking. Intangible items that you can't forget on interview day include knowledge of the company, the questions you plan to ask and any evidence or achievements you have that back up your previous job performance.

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How having a plan can help you land the job

If you go into an interview with a solid plan of what you can achieve within your first Google+ (2)30, 60 and 90 days on the job, you're much more likely to get hired, writes Peggy McKee. Such a plan removes a lot of the risk associated with hiring a new employee. "When it comes to hiring, bosses never want a coin toss -- they want a clear winner," writes McKee.

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How to move through a multistage interview like a champ

Job seekers should adopt a different strategy for each step of a multistage interview Google+ (2)
process, Megan Santos writes. For the prescreening interview, be ready to rattle off the qualities that will make you a valuable employee. During the in-house interview, ask questions and focus on your body language.

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Most employers hire for these qualities

Google+ (2)During job interviews, employers want to see that you are inquisitive, a problem-solver and a team player, writes Charles Galda. Show inquisitiveness by asking smart questions, and demonstrate that you're a problem-solver by sharing anecdotes from previous jobs.

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